The sandblaster uses abrasive blasting equipment to remove paint, grease, tar, rust, and dirt. The sandblaster’s control of the pressure and direction of the abrasive material is vital for preventing surface damage and injury to coworkers. The sandblaster is responsible for shoveling or pouring sand, grit, or other abrasive material into the machine, and monitoring and maintaining an adequate supply of the abrasive in the hopper.
Before the abrading action, the sandblaster protects specific areas of the work surface using masking film, tape, and rubber.
Set Up Equipment
Sandblasters are responsible for lifting, carrying, and setting up heavy equipment and parts onto racks, into tumbling barrels, or into cabinets.
Preparing parts for the paint shop, steam cleaning motors and chassis, and other general labor may be included in the sandblaster’s job duties.
An important part of the sandblaster’s job is the maintenance of the sandblasting equipment, such as cleaning and changing nozzles. To prevent accidents, it is essential that the sandblaster’s work area is clean and orderly, and that any unsafe working conditions are corrected or reported immediately.